Through our computing curriculum in the Romero Catholic Academy, and specifically Corpus Christi Catholic Primary, school we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a creative, responsible and safe way in order to thrive. Our curriculum recognises that all children have the right to learning experiences that balance all aspects of Computing. We acknowledge that technological devices and software are an integral part of everyday life, and that society is becoming more and more reliant on technology to guide, innovate and develop practice in many sectors of work, education, and daily life. Our Curriculum aims to ensure that our children are well prepared and well equipped citizens of the future.
Our Computing Curriculum is centred around the ‘Teach Computing Curriculum Scheme of Work’. Teach Computing Curriculum builds on a set of pedagogical principles which are underpinned by the latest computing research, to demonstrate effective pedagogical strategies throughout. The units for key stages 1 and 2 are based on a spiral curriculum. This means that each of the themes is revisited regularly (at least once in each year group), and pupils revisit each theme through a new unit that consolidates and builds on prior learning within that theme. This style of curriculum design reduces the amount of knowledge lost. Each lesson is sequenced so that it builds on the learning from the previous lesson, and where appropriate, activities are scaffolded so that all pupils can succeed and thrive. Scaffolded activities provide pupils with extra resources, such as visual prompts, to reach the same learning goals as the rest of the class. Exploratory tasks foster a deeper understanding of a concept, encouraging pupils to apply their learning in different contexts and make connections with other learning experiences.
Our approach to the curriculum results in a relevant, engaging, and high-quality computing education. The quality of children’s learning is evidenced in online folders on Padlet. Evidence such as this is used to feed into teachers’ future planning, and teachers are able to revisit misconceptions and knowledge gaps in computing when teaching other curriculum areas. This supports varied paces of learning and ensures all pupils make good progress. By the end of Year 6 at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, pupils should feel confident in using a range of technology. They should be able to recognise how to keep themselves safe online, and they should understand the importance of being an exceptionally good digital citizen. Pupils should have a sound knowledge of up to date technologies and be able to use these to enhance their own knowledge as well as a platform from which to enhance the common good of people within a wider platform.